By: David Sean Sucgang
Student Organizations, one of the leading causes of stress, fulfillment, passion, and burnout in FEU Student Leaders, are opening their doors once again to the freshmen of 2018.
It's that time of year at FEU Manila. The grass is growing, the birds are chirping, and at 6am sharp, students are hustling left and right just to finish their booths on time. It's TamHunt2018, FEU Manila's annual organizational recruitment drive once again, and every student organization is doing all they can to entice and invite prospective members for their respective orgs.
One way or another, you'll be dealing with an org in your campus life. Whether it's through a seminar you'll attend, a concert you rock your socks off to, or even a community outreach, you'll notice the distinct air of responsibility the organizers carry around as they attend to their respective tasks at hand.
Not everyone likes the behind-the-scenes work, and that's just as valid a reason as any, as "Charger" says "(The) pressures. Some might just want to enjoy the outcome like activities and stuff, but don’t want to work to make that".
And even then, not many stay. FEUCSO has consistently attained stellar committee member numbers annually, but in the same vein, that number drops to a stagger, with only 40% retaining. "Psych Student" points out "I think people leave orgs because of the lack of commitment and passion on what they are doing".
At the same time, people stay for a variety of reasons. CK Ricafort of FEU Sexuality and Gender Alliance shares "I enjoy being a part of something bigger than myself".
Taking a different approach, Aylene Ragundin of the Drug Abuse Prevention Core Group imparts "We chose to stay because FEU DAPCG’s mission to help those people inside and outside our community. To be able to get referrals for treatment, share and relate their experiences to others remains a strong foundation to move forward and continue what it has started despite all odds"
Some have simpler motivations, with Kyle Macorol of Film Society went on "My fave part is the people, which is weird because I don't like interactions with a lot of people. It makes me feel comfortable, especially when there are events.
Some even decided that they would stay in their orgs at first sight, with Neil Gervacio of FEUCSO proudly stating " Maliban sa masaya akong nakakatulong sa tao, nakakita rin ako ng family at potensyal sa sarili ko na mas marami pa akong magagawa para sa community natin hindi lang sa FEU, kasama rin ang paggamit ng mga experiences sa labas ng school na nakukuha ko inside an organization."
One thing that’s for sure is that when the time comes for the uninitiated to make the decision between organizer and spectator, they’ve got to be more than ready for the tasks at hand.
In the words of Professor Oak, “Your very own legend is about to unfold! A world of dreams and adventures awaits! Let's go!"